The pink tide and the knights of the road (E396)
There is murder and mayhem in Haiti at the moment, but little news coverage. In contrast, the Western media would have us believe there is a huge upheaval in Cuba. Lots of people are working hard to make us view the rallies as anti-government protests, but have ignored the sea change in Latin America’s attitude to the US’ isolation of Cuba, with right-wing anti-Cuba regimes falling one by one. Gloria La Riva stood for president last year in the United States and got the best results for a socialist in 44 years. She joined Sputnik to discuss whether the Latin American ‘pink tide’ is rolling in once again.
One of the more predictable outcomes of Brexit is the shortage of labor in Britain in certain sectors. Millions of workers have come to the UK over the decades, mainly from East and Central Europe, usually to seek higher wages than they would have earned back home. Paradoxically, many have now returned home to better rates of pay. But what does their departure mean for Britain? With the backdrop of rotting fruit in the fields, empty shelves in the shops and, most importantly, a shortage of truckers on the motorways, we asked one of the ‘knights of the road,’ Simon Evans, how the shortage is affecting British long-distance lorry drivers and the firms that employ them.